What's a brilliant woman like this doing in a rough-and-tumble sport like downhill mountain-bike racing? Trying to think her way to the top of the winner's podium, that's what.
Washouts, typhoon-style headwinds, breathless altitudes, yak hazards...care to take a spin?
Cross-country: White Mountains, New Hampshire
Road Riding: Madison, Wisconsin
Downhill: Sun Valley
Track Cycling: Trexlertown, Pennsylvania
Swamp thing: sea of mud at the North Sea-Tac Course
Tread design demystified (it's not you, it's the tires)
Desert Riding: Tucson, Arizona
BMX: Lake Ferris, California
Pristine beaches, bioluminescent bays, angelfish-mobbed coral, and incoming artillery fire
Exploring the oldest protected rainforest, the soft coral reefs, and the all-night fêtes of the Caribbean's farthest reaches
The Forest Reserve
What gets the equivalent of 1,000 miles per gallon, doesn't pollute, will save the world, and transports you in breezy style? Your bike.